I normally update the various articles on the site when something new comes
along. In this case, I had several new photos and other discoveries
accumulating within the last 2 years, and finally got around to adding them all
to the multiple Maccaferri presentation.
For those who want to successfully hunt them all down, here's the list:
- Michael Simmons kindly donated a page from a 1929 Columbia Recordings catalog
- the included new Maccaferri image has been added to Maccaferri
Iconography, his Player Feature, and the Harp Guitar study. The entire catalog
page is accessible on the Members Only 78 Recordings page.
- I discovered a different 78 Catalog page image in the book Romolo
Ferrari e la chitarra in Italia
nella prima metà del Novecento, curated by Simona Boni. This shows Federico
Galimberti - who we already knew used a dual-arm Mozzani harp guitar -
this time with a Maccaferri Type 1 harp guitar. This resides on the Macc
- On the Members Only Harp Guitar study page, I've now added images
of the only known extant specimen of the Type 1 Maccaferri harp guitar that I am aware
of (with 5, rather than the typical 3, sub-basses). It is from
the 2009 Mozzani book by
Giovanni Intelisano, and courtesy of Lorenzo Frignani. Harpguitars.net Members and Non-Members alike would do well to obtain this incredible
- On this same page, I changed the chapter title Maccaferri's followers? to
"Maccaferri's followers, or predecessors?" - since I have now found
several Giulietti instruments with
that very modern-looking sloping shoulder creating a kind of "early
cutaway." (Check out this very unusual, just-discovered Giulietti harp guitar
with 6 sub-basses arrayed in a "stair-step" configuration, played
by Pietro Taraffo)
- On The
Maestro Plays His Mentor's chapter on this page, I added a short, but interesting
1983 photo article from Classical Guitar (donated by Michael Simmons) about
Maccaferri restoring his Mozzani
harp guitars (plus pics of him with his "silent" and
"portable" practice guitars).
Curiously, the 5th Mozzani is not shown - perhaps it was still in
disrepair. This is the one shown above, that was sold to Scott Chinery (as
all were) by Maccaferri's widow, then hung in E-Guitars San
Rafael, CA store for a couple
years, purchased by my friend Benoît Meulle-Stef in Brussels, and recently sold
to a player in New York (full circle!).
- Also added to this same chapter and at the end of the Player Feature
is another 1950's photo of Maccaferri with a different Mozzani guitar
(courtesy of Michael Wright), along with the above color photo (courtesy of
- I rewrote the Player Feature
paragraphs that explored the "mystery
7-string" harp guitar, based on the recent Type 7 specimen discovery.
- And finally, since I had nowhere else to put it, I did a short
"Sidebar" on a couple of possible harp guitars in Django
Reinhardt's life in the Player Feature.
Thanks to Michael Dregni, whose books
I also highly recommend.
Long live the memory of Mario Maccaferri!